Back in February 2018, Nissan revealed the first official images (and a video) of its new Terra, a Navara-based SUV conceived to take on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Isuzu MU-X. And now the Japanese automaker has released a few more details.
Now that the body-on-frame SUV has officially gone on sale in China, Nissan has released a little more detail (and another video) of what is essentially the spiritual successor to the Pathfinder. Note, of course, that the model you see here is built for China and may well differ slightly from the Terra that we expect will eventually make its way to South Africa.
Interestingly, the Terra (in China, at least) is a strict five-seater, and thus doesn’t feature a pair of pop-up seats in the rear like its key competitors. This, Nissan says, gives the new model “more rear space than any competitor”, including a best-in-class (but so far unspecified) loading capacity.
The Terra measures 4 882 mm in length, which makes it a mite longer than the Fortuner and a little shorter than the Everest. The new model is 1 850 mm wide and 1 835 mm tall, while ground clearance comes in at 225 mm.
In China, the Terra is powered by Nissan’s QR25 four-cylinder petrol engine, worth 135 kW at 6 000 r/min and 251 N.m at 4 000 r/min. But when the SUV eventually arrives in Western markets, we suspect Nissan's 2,3-litre turbodiesel will find its way under the bonnet.
Nissan says the Terra is “tough and rugged”, while its ladder-frame chassis has been “reinforced to give it greater rigidity for an authentic off-road drive”. It furthermore features a five-link coil spring rear suspension system and rigid rear-wheel axle, along with a four-wheel-drive system, hill descent control and hill start assist.
Nissan says the Terra will be rolled out to "other select markets in Asia later this year". In February, Nissan South Africa told us: “Nissan Group of Africa is excited about the launch of the LCV-based Terra in certain parts of the Nissan world. We are working closely with our parent company to develop a vehicle that is suitable to the sub-Saharan market, however we are not in a position to confirm details at this point”.
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